Torpedoes and yarn chicken

I recently knit myself a top.

loopy lace tee

I’ve knit myself sweaters before, but this was my first top. I’m extremely proud of it, especially because I added short rows to accommodate my huge tracts of land for the first time, and they came out pretty well. I also made some other modifications, including adding the lace to just the very bottom of the sleeves and the body. And I love the yarn: madelinetosh tosh vintage in Logwood. It is such a luscious yarn, and the colorway is beautiful.

Once I’d finished (um…almost 2 years after starting), I found I had a skein and a half left over. It wasn’t enough to do much of anything for me, but I felt it really should be a garment of some kind. And then, during a random conversation, one of my friends pointed out that I could probably whip up another Open Weave Short Sweater in a matter of minutes, and it seemed like serendipity. Lexie could use another sweater, she loves the pattern, I love how quickly it works up, and she adored the color.

The only potential problem was how much yarn I had left. Previous iterations of the sweater took me nearly 2 skeins of a lighter weight yarn; I was crocheting this with worsted weight, but in a larger size. But I’m a “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” yarn crafter, so I dove in.

And got torpedoed.

Lexie's Leftovers Sweater

The downside to playing yarn chicken is that sometimes, you have to flinch first. I went ahead and seamed the fronts to the back and added the edging on the body in the hopes that I’d have enough yarn left for sleeves, but that little yarn walnut was no where near enough. I turned to Ravelry for salvation.

What I was hoping to find was someone with about a quarter to a half a skein of the Logwood – still more than I needed, but plenty to finish the sleeves and their edging, without being so much that I was tempted to try to find another project for those leftovers…and then run out of yarn…and then have to find more leftovers…and continue the vicious cycle of stashing. Unfortunately, there was only one destash listed, and it was for a full skein. I posted in the ISO/Destash group, and that’s when I got the break I was looking for – 2 people sent me messages suggesting I post in the madtosh lovers group.

I took their advice, and ended up with not one but 2 offers of partial skeins. Neither Raveler would take money for their yarn or shipping, but instead asked for patterns off their wish lists. Ravelers can really be some of the most generous people.

The yarn arrived, and both partial skeins were the Logwood colorway (one of the Ravelers wasn’t sure if hers was)…but they were both definitely more red than my original yarn. That wasn’t a surprise – it’s a known hazard of working with hand-dyed yarn, and it was a risk I ran whether I got a full skein from a yarn store or partial skeins from a destash. I just had to figure out how to make it work.

I opted to remove the edging on the body, and used that yarn to make the sleeves. Then I chose the closest match and used that to do all the edging.

Luscious Leftovers for Lexie (1)

The difference in color is visible, but not very obvious, and it actually ended up blending pretty well. I’ve decided to consider it a design feature. Of course, it’s not really my opinion that matters.

Luscious Leftovers for Lexie (2)

Even though she was in the first day of a nasty cold, Lexie was still able to smile over her new sweater, which she took from me the minute I showed it to her, and didn’t take off until bed.

Which leaves just one last question: what do I do with the leftovers…?

more luscious leftovers

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2 Responses to Torpedoes and yarn chicken

  1. Charlene "Shon" Hayw says:

    Jen….your sweaters are gorgeous! I especially love the one you whipped up for Lexie! Good going. What is it about handwork that is soooo satisfying? I’m still hooked on counted cross stitch in spite of old eyes, hands, and back! It’s soothing while listening to TV in the evening. Keep up the great work!
    Aunt Shon

  2. Barb Johnson says:

    I love the edging!